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3 Easy Ways to Help our Foodbank

10th May 2019

Recently, we’ve had a lot of local people interested in helping our Foodbank. This is great news! We’re always happy to advise people on how they can get involved with helping us. We appreciate any contribution, no matter how small.

Below are a few easy ways to get involved with helping our Foodbank.

1. Drop off Food at one of our collection points!

Places where you can drop off food for Clapham Park Foodbank

The easiest way to donate food to our Foodbank is at one of our collection points. We currently have three at stores in Clapham and Balham, which are on the map above. There is no minimum or maximum limit on how much you can leave in our collection boxes – many people just give a tin with their weekly shop!

If you aren’t sure what to donate; follow us on Twitter – where we make regular requests for items we are running short of. Alternatively, you can check out our shopping list here.

If you have a big donation, then please feel free to bring it along to our Foodbank during our opening hours (11:00 – 14:00 Tuesday and Friday).

2. Set up a standing order

If you have money to spare on a monthly basis, you could set up a standing donation to our Foodbank.

Whilst we do not give money to our clients, we can still put financial donations to great use. For example, a £5 monthly donation could:

  • Help fuel our van, which we use to pick-up food from collection points, and drop-off food to people who are unable to visit the Foodbank.
  • Help us purchase urgently needed Food-stuffs, to make sure that our packages are nutritionally balanced.

If you want to set up a standing order, please find more details here. Do give us an email as well, so that we can add you to our mailing list and keep you up to date with how your money is being spent!

3. Fundraise for our Foodbank

We love it when people decide to fundraise for our Foodbank!

Recently, local individuals and companies raised money for our Foodbank in a range of ways. The South Eastern Junior Golfing Society made our Foodbank their charity of choice at their annual dinner – raising an incredible £2530 in one evening.

Meanwhile, Richard and his colleagues from Metropolitan Housing completed a sponsored bike-ride and raised £1800. Our friends at Balham Foxes FC regularly raise money for us on their matchday refreshment stall too. Last term they raised over £400!

We are also grateful for support from corporate partners such as Metropolitan Housing and community groups, whether it be through the sharing of knowledge, expertise or donations. Recently, community organisations such as Clapham Park Run have ran collection drives, whilst many local businesses pull together a donation in time for Christmas or Harvest.

If you want to run a collection drive with your colleagues or friends, but aren’t sure how, keep an eye out for our Christmas, Harvest and Lent campaigns – which offer easy-to-use templates to help you plan your collection.

We are in a fortunate position where we do not currently need any extra volunteers during opening hours. Therefore, we cannot host corporate team-building sessions. If you want to volunteer on an ad hoc basis, sign-up for our mailing list, and we will be in touch with any opportunities. 

We welcome any ideas for support, and would love to hear from you. If you want to help out, then please drop us a line using the contact form below. 

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